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Album Review

This collection of the Germs' rare tracks and previously unreleased live performances gives the listener an understanding of just how chaotic and disorganized a band can be. Each track is a butchering of their usually poetic and entertaining brand of punk. Darby Crash rarely sings but chooses to slur his lyrics into an incoherent growl. The band remains consistent behind Crash, as he provides the entertainment with continuous banter with the audience. The only thing robbing this album of being a legendary car crash of a live show like Metallic K.O. is that this is a collection of live tracks from various dates and venues. It appears to be simply thrown together by Don Bolles, the Germs' drummer for the majority of the album. The congruency found on Germicide is not evident on this album, with the material drawing from several different performances. The first two studio tracks give way to a variety of live performances from the Hong Kong Café and the Whiskey. These performances are sloppy, but that is to be expected from a band with a lead singer that had to consume a cocktail of drugs to perform live. The recordings are murky, but Crash manages to give the sloppiness character and provide an entertaining album despite its numerous imperfections.

Customer Reviews

Classic

The Germs are for people with mature ears and young hearts. Great stuff!

the germs forever they will rock

this album is a bit sloppy but i will always love the germs

Stick with this over...

Stick with this one over "I F-ed Your Mom", which is a shorter version of this. Tracks 1-3 are on (MIA). The rest are from various compilations put out since Darby's suicide. Don Bolles keeps putting the same stuff out over and over again, with different titles, similar to wot Rat Scabies is doing to the Damned. Two great, under-rated bands whose legacy is watered down by their drummers, trying to make a buck. Get (MIA). The Germs rule!!!! Don is great too, he needs to put out the Germs Return show -- that's something in top quality that needs to come out, not the same stuff again and again!

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